Youth Soccer Drills
Youth soccer drills, above all else, have to
keep athletes engaged. These drills mean more than just teaching
athletes how to perform skills proficiently. They are also
lessons in mental toughness, perseverance, and attention to
detail. Coaches should work to use drills that will push athletes
both physically and mentally to become better players.
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Youth soccer drills need to prepare
athletes mentally for competition. Repetitive drills encourage
athletes to do several things, including focus, pay attention
to the details of their technique, and watch for minor changes
in play style,
including improvement. However, drills that
are interactive and changing challenge athletes as well, encouraging
them to work together as a team, anticipate moves from the
opponent, and communicate effectively in order to achieve
Youth soccer drills should have a component
of truth to them so that athletes know what they may face
in a competition. This drill includes two offensive players
and one defensive player. The two offensive players must get
the ball around the defender. The defender must stop the offensive
players from gaining more ground or going around them. The
goal for the defender is to steal the ball.
To perform this drill, coaches must first teach
strategy. The offensive players must know how to read each
other and work together for success. The defender must learn
to read the offensive players and anticipate their next moves,
allowing him to take control of the ball.
For this soccer
practice drill, the coach drops the ball in play to one
of the offensive players. The players have three minutes to
achieve their goals. The drill should start near one end of
the field, with the offensive goal being to reach mid-field.
The defender’s goal is to keep the ball as close to
the starting point as possible.
This youth soccer drill starts with two defenders
in the middle of a circle of attackers, or offensive players.
The attackers work to keep possession of the ball, while the
inside defenders work to steal the ball. If an attacker kicks
the ball outside the circle or allows a defender to gain possession,
that person becomes a defender.
This drill is perfect for teams of all ages,
as it focuses on passing, defending, and the mental side of
defense. Players have to anticipate the attackers’ next
moves and try to stop them in order to get out of the circle.
For the attackers, they must keep their thoughts to themselves
and not give anything away, so the defenders will have nothing
Youth soccer drills must challenge athletes
mentally and physically in order to truly prepare them for
competition. The drills provided here encourage athletes to
work together for success, read an opponent’s next move,
make strategic decisions in order to keep or get possession
of the ball, and communicate with teammates. By working together,
athletes build social skills as well as soccer skills.
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